General Balance – 2

Continued from General Balance Page 1.

 

The balance between what goes into your mouth and what comes out.

 

Which saying do you vote for: “You are what you eat” or “Don’t worry as much what you put into your mouth as what comes out”? A strong case can be made for each. The second one comes in especially handy as an alibi when you’re stuffing your face with doughnuts!

The solution lies in a wholesome balance between the two. It’s a bit of a case of: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The food we eat definitely affects our emotional and mental balance, which affects what we say and do. This is well covered in the book Macrobiotics and Human Behaviour by William Tara (Japan Publications, Tokyo and N.Y., 1985). However, it doesn’t help us getting completely carried away on what we eat. You can eat the healthiest of diets and still be totally out of balance in other areas. One of the best examples was the healthy vegetarian Adolf Hitler.

A good method of maintaining a wholesome balance is to follow the macrobiotic way of life. (See the Macrobiotic page). Note well: to follow the macrobiotic diet fanatically is not the macrobiotic way. As George Ohsawa says in The Macrobiotic Guidebook for Living: “He whose says, ‘I cannot practice macrobiotics’ does not fully understand it. But suppose we observe what to consider macrobiotics to be, to the letter, repeating everything we have heard like a phonograph; we are still not macrobiotic. We must reach the point where we can eat anything without fear of losing our health and happiness. We must control our lives by ourselves. If we adhere to a diet that has been devised by someone else, our lives are not our own.” (As quoted on page 12 of the booklet 7 Basic Macrobiotic Principles by Herman Aihara, The Grain and Salt Society, P.O. Box DD, Magalia, CA 95954.)

 

The balance between tolerating others and maintaining your values and standards.

 

This can be tricky because it needs discernment. Sometimes it is “good to entertain strangers, for thereby you have entertained Angels unawares”. But it depends on their attitude or “vibration”. You will sometimes get a gut feeling or intuition about this. Anyway, you are under no obligation to tolerate the company of anyone with whom you do not feel comfortable. Some people can use us and drain our precious energy. In this case we need to be assertive, but to do so lovingly. If you need help with this, it might help to study some personal psychology books about guarding your own space.

 

The balance between striving and just being.

 

Just being in the ‘now” or in the present has become very popular lately and there are many books on the subject. This can be very powerful and is a key aspect of living a wholesome, balanced life. More on this below. But it can also be a big cop-out, depending on your motive. It’s a great line to remember for the dedicated couch potato. E.g. Pam: “John, could you wash the dishes, please? It’s your turn, and we have company coming over soon.” John: “Not right now, Pam. I feel I just need to concentrate on being fully in the present moment on the couch here.” Striving to accomplish something, if done with the sense of struggle, is also self-defeating. If we feel stress or anxiety, it’s probably because our human pride or ambition is involved. If we remember that God in us and through us is the doer, and we just have to work diligently and wisely to allow His work to flow through us, then we maintain our balance.

Cherishing the process

 

Things do not always flow easily, and due to our own bad habits in body, mind or emotions, we may have to strive long and hard to accomplish our goals. We may also be swimming against the current of the world’s fashions and ways, but when we strive with joy in our hearts for a worthy end, it becomes a labour of love. We get caught up in cherishing the process (the journey) and entrusting the end result (the destination) in God’s hands. Then we get back into the “now”, and draw on the great strength and resources of our Real Self or Spirit which dwells only in the eternal now. For ultimately time and space are illusions.

You might well say: “I’ve heard that before and it sounds nice, but deep down inside I don’t buy it.” Well, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. The most important thing is that we do in this life what we need to be doing, and stay centred in our hearts and serve with love. If you can do that and are still interested in the idea that time is an illusion, then consider reading Space, Time and Self by E. Norman Pearson (1957 The Theosophical Publishing House). It is a wonderful distillation of the teachings of the Ascended Masters through Theosophy including The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky, and explains the three great illusions of this world, i.e. time (which is relative and not always successive), space (the physical is not always what it seems) and self (as separate from the One or God).

The meaning of life

 

When we come to understand that the meaning of life is not just to try to clamour to the top of the food chain, and that “he who has the most toys at the end wins”, we will appreciate that the process of life is one of learning, growing and self-transcendence. This makes it much easier to be joyously striving while being fully in the present moment.

A good quote on the subject:

“Not alone in the goal but in the ritual of attaining the goal is the diamond forged, is the lesson appreciated, is the teacher loved! Cherish the ritual of the becoming! Be not farsighted ones, looking only to the distant hill where the cross is raised for the Christ to be crucified by your own name! Do not be the nearsighted ones, looking so much upon the self that you do not see the next step – clearly the most practical step – of your own Christhood.” (From a dictation by Mother Mary through Elizabeth Clare Prophet published in Pearls of Wisdom Vol. 25 No. 3. Copyright © 1983 Summit University Press. All rights reserved.)

Healthy striving

 

Striving should not be confused or equated with struggling, which is trying to make things work out through the human will in the limited arena of the human world. It is the state of denying our identity as spiritual beings and the spiritual intercession and grace that is available to us as we let go and let God manifest through us. If you find yourself doing a lot of struggling, there is a whole chapter dedicated to the subject, called It is the Sense of Struggle That Makes the Struggle in the book My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord! – New Age Teachings of Mother Mary by Mark L. Prophet. Another good book on the subject is The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.

Striving is part of nature. It is the natural movement of life in a cosmos that is continually transcending itself. It is being part of the cosmic dance upwards away from the lower energies of illusion, stagnation and death. Here is what the Ascended Master El Morya says about striving:

“The ascended masters do not force their chelas (students). They allow their chelas to force them – to magnetize them – and thereby magnetize themselves to the higher law of their own being. There is a certain friction that is required for all attainment on the path. There are inconveniences to be borne and perhaps incongruities as you find yourself at times out of alignment with the lever of the law. Chelas must be willing to exert themselves. Exertion is the block and tackle of mind and soul lifting the weight of darkness that it might become light. And there is a staying power that must needs be tested, a hanging-on for life, for breath, for love, for wholeness.” – the Ascended Master El Morya (Pg 110 of The Chela and the Path. Copyright © Summit University Press. All rights reserved.)

Let go and let God.

 

Finally, for those who believe in living according to the maxim: “Let go and let God”, and think that there is no room for healthy striving in this, here is another quote from El Morya to help balance the two out: “Do you think for one instant that I am going to come into your midst without gently prodding you to take the hand of your own God Presence and to hold fast to it just a little firmer than you have in the days gone by? Oh, I know that you think you have held on very tightly. You feel that you have accomplished a great deal, and perhaps you have strained yourselves to the last limit. This is not necessary. Strain is often produced because individuals in their great anxiety to do our will feel the need that they themselves must push themselves without actually letting the Presence lead them forward. I remind you that in Egypt the pillar of fire across the sands of the desert was a beacon to Moses and the tribes of Israel, but it went before them to light the way. Your God Presence is thus.” (El Morya on page 6 of the book Morya by Mark and Elizabeth Prophet. Copyright © Summit University Press).

The lesson here that the “letting go” is letting go of the sense that we as the human ego are the one who is making things happen and that there is no higher plan and power helping us. “Letting God” is not sitting back and waiting for Him to do everything for us. We are His hands and feet on earth, so we let Him work through us by doing our best to be our Real Self as wise and powerful love in physical action. This brings the sense of true Self worth, as opposed to having someone else do it for us.

 

The balance between faith in God’s protection and ensuring your own protection.

 

Should you leave your house or car unlocked and trust God to protect them? If so, how does God prevent thieves from stealing what you have? If He can, would He not be taking away the free will of someone who is determined to steal from you? These are deep questions and something everyone must answer for themselves. The most plausible explanation of these subjects seems to be that God helps us through His servants the angels. They are not allowed to interfere with our free will, so our prayers, be they spoken, silent or just thoughts, determine to a large extent how much the angels can help us.

Another factor is our karma i.e. how much we have done in the past that comes back to us for our growth and opportunity to make things right (balancing negative karma). This also determines how much the angels can intercede for you. In any case, the more we do to make our lives safer, the fewer “miracles” the angels have to pull off to save us. For instance, if you are not wearing your seat belt while driving and happen to be in an accident, the amount the angels can intercede for you may be insufficient for you to remain unharmed. In fact, the injury you sustain might not be karma coming due from the past but merely the karma of being careless and not wearing your seat belt. But the motive to wear it should not be fear of something bad happening, but out of the love of doing what you can to live more safely so we may serve God and help others longer. Attitude and motive are key factors, not only on this subject but in life in general. (For more on this, see the Attitude page.)

We can greatly increase our ability to live long safe lives by praying for the intercession of Archangel Michael, the archangel of protection. A very powerful form of prayer is called decrees, which is part of the Science of the Spoken Word. For more information, search ‘decrees’ on www.summitlighthouse.org and follow the link to Science of the Spoken Word.

A final note on karma: If you live in a high crime city and leave your house or car open with valuable items in plain sight for passers-by to see, and someone is overcome with a desire/temptation to steal them, they have surely made bad karma. But it is very likely that you will bear part of it for allowing such a “set up” and not having more compassion and mercy for poor souls whose morals are way below the level of your own.

 

A good adage is: “God helps those who help themselves,” although it probably doesn’t apply to thieves. ; )